Botanical illustration has been a practiced art for hundreds of years. This course will give you a brief overview of the history of this art form and will show you the basics of how to draw flowers and plants with shading, perspective and form in graphite. We will begin with basic graphite techniques and move on to simple flower and plant structure. Students will learn about composition, light and methods to make your artwork "alive." Each week will focus on a different flower provided by the instructor. Medium used will be graphite pencils.
11x14 pad Strathmore drawing paper - 400 series (brown or green cover; NOT yellow 300 series)
11x14 pad tracing paper (Canson preferred)
Set of graphite pencils (at least 2B, HB and 2H; you do not need more than that) - Faber- Castill or Prismacolor best brands
Kneaded grey erasers (2)
Battery operated pencil sharpener (Panasonic KP-4A is BEST; available online but lesser models should be okay)